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fighters are being easily out maneuvered. >> it is being reported in the u.s. that president obama signed a secret presidential order in the past three weeks authorizing covert support for opposition forces who have been trying to topple colnel gadhafi. news coming amid a debate of arming the forces opposed to colnel gadhafi. >> the details are fairly sketchy to be honest. we have had confirmation tonight that over the past two or three weeks president obama signed what is called a presidential finding, essentially a directive that paves the way for covert military operations to take place in libya by american forces aiding the rebel forces. there are reports in the "new york times" saying c.i.a. is already in libya, which i don't think some will find too surprising. but so far the white house and c.i.a., as you would expect, refused to comment. >> interesting to point out that we are being told that government sources confirming that barack obama signed this operation some two or three weeks ago, which is interesting because we heard from him last night talking about arming rebels in the
warren christopher. there is the subject of diplomacy. the u.s. is now engaged in three wars in three different muslim countries. the issue of diplomacy has never been more critical, it seems. we are glad you are joining us, including a look back at our interview with warren christopher, right now. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference -- >> thank you. >> you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. with every question and every answer, nationwide insurance is proud to join tavis in working to improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment, one conversation at a time. nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. kcet public television] tavis: a few programming notes. tomorrow night on the program, we will take a look at the relief and recovery operations in japan with architect hitoshi abe and a conversation with known play right eve ensler. later this week, a co-founder of
ago, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton said airplanes from the united arab emirates would be joining the no-fly zone. >> final preparations for these french pilots as they contemplate another mission over libya. france was at the forefront of the diplomatic flight to get a no flight -- a no-fly zone it installed, and now they're actively involved in maintaining it. while their mission is clear, who controls the international mission has been less so until now. >> nato allies have decided to enforce the no-fly zone over libya. we are taking action as part of the broad international efforts to protect civilians against the attacks by the khadafy regime. >> that will be music to the years of the u.s. government, which four days has been seeking to reduce the level of american involvement in policing the no- fly zone. news of the agreement brought this response from the secretary of state. >> nato is well-suited to coordinating this international effort and ensuring that all participating nations are working effectively together towards our shared goal. this coalition includes
of the operation. france, britain, in the u.s. have taken the lead so far, but nato has yet to agree whether the alliance should have a leading role in the mission. the meetings for talks have been scheduled for all of the key international players in london next week. ministers will be hoping to have resolved the issue of control by then. bbc news. >> earlier, i spoke to the former u.s. ambassador to the united nations under president bill clinton, and the arab league, the african union, and others that are not fully committed to air strikes, and president obama said the international community is fully behind the action in libya. >> first, you have to remember that the international community did pass this through the union, so there is that international credibility. as this goes on longer than people expect, this is the first time they have done this. it happened very quickly. it is a healthy debate going on. it is not clear it will remain an unanimous block to do it, but i think with the american leadership, you will see it largely remaining intact. >> i would like to ask you another qu
whether the u.s. military should arm the rebel forces. there's a lot of concern among some members of congress about who the rebels really are and whether decision to arm them could come back to bite in that respect for the u.s. there is a concern about whether garmin the rebels will be the right decision. -- arming the rebels will be the right decision. >> moussa koussa has arrived in libya having defected from the libyan regime. has there been any comment on this from the white house? quite strangely, the white house has been quiet on this issue. -- >> strangely, the white house has been quiet on this issue. that is surprising, really. we have not had any comment on this whatsoever. there is the issue as to whether the u.s. will arm rebel forces. the white house spokesperson has said that we are not ruling it out or in. the obama administration is fairly tight lid on this choice. this directive that was signed by president obama does not necessarily mean that the army has already taken place -- arming has already taken place. >> the u.n. security council has unanimously ordered s
, concern remains over who is in control of the operation. france, britain, and the u.s. has taken the lead but there is yet to be agreement. a meeting for talks has been scheduled for the key international players in london next week. ministers will have hoped to -- hope to have resolved the issue by then. >> the news from reuters, residents of tripoli said loud explosions have been heard in the ieee area. it is the fifth night of air strikes against colonel gaddafi is forces. that has come from city residents speaking to the reuters news agency. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said israel will react aggressively and wisely after a first attack on a bus in jerusalem. one person was killed and 30 others injured after a blast of a crowded bus stop. there is much concern about another cycle of retaliation. >> chaos and confusion in central jerusalem this afternoon. traveling on a bus had been considered safe again. after the bombings of the early 2000's. people had almost forgotten what a bomb in the middle of this city sounds and looks like. this was the target, a bus full of commu
. fighting then broke out when a pro monarchy crowd began to throw stones at the other side. to libya. the u.s. military says the operation to protect civilians in the country have made good progress but that colonel gaddafi's forces pose a threat. a pentagon spokesman said they were still able to carry out attacks in places such as ajdabiya in the east despite attacks on supply lines. in a few minutes we'll have a report from there but first here's our world affairs editor john simpson. he is in tripoli. >> an r.a.f. fighter in action over libya. by intervening, the coalition has changed the situation completely. here in tripoli, it's a very different war indeed. missiles and bombs fall every night. but the main struggle is a propaganda one. libyan television is showing these pictures of civilians who have supposedly been killed in the raids. are they genuine? impossible to say. the international journalists in tripoli are immensely restricted. though we are free to say what we want without censorship. today, we were bust out to see what we were told was a hit on the civilian target. you coul
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